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Easy Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee is not too sweet and so smooth, making a great dessert for brunch, lunch or dinner. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy creme brulee
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 387 kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 2 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 5 egg yolks large
  • 3 Tbsp sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat bring cream, half of the sugar and vanilla to a boil while stirring.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine yolks and remaining sugar. *Gradually* add cream to yolks while beating.
  4. Pour the mixture into ramekins. Place ramekins in a sheet or cake pan and create a water bath by filling the pan halfway to the top with water.
  5. Bake short ramekins for 20 minutes and taller ramekins up to 30 minutes and refrigerate.
  6. To serve, dust sugar over the top and torch or put in the broiler, watching carefully until the sugar caramelizes.

Recipe Notes

You can mix up this easy creme brûlée by adding orange peel, Grand Marnier, finely chopped lavender, or lemon extract, but plain ‘ole vanilla is just perfect for me.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Creme Brulee
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 223mg74%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1255IU25%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.